Special skills, good service make workers valuable

I paid about $2,000 to a well-known company to have my home painted a couple of years ago.

I expected a team of workers to be deployed, but, to my surprise, a lone painter, who was from Myanmar, came and he got the job done nicely in two days.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 18, 2020, with the headline 'Special skills, good service make workers valuable'. Print Edition | Subscribe